Josep Borrell, head of foreign policy for the European Union, said on Wednesday that the situation in Gabon will be discussed by the EU defence ministers and that, if a coup is verified, it would further destabilise the area.
After the state electoral commission declared President Ali Bongo had won a third term, a group of top Gabonese military soldiers emerged on national television early on Wednesday and claimed to have taken over.
“If this is confirmed, it is another military coup which increases instability in the whole region,”
Borrell said at a meetina of FU defence ministers in Toledo.
“If this is confirmed, it is another military coup which increases instability in the whole region,” said Borrell, speaking at a meeting of EU defence ministers in Toledo.
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“The whole area, starting with Central African Republic, then Mali, then Burkina Faso, now Niger, maybe Gabon, it’s in a very difficult situation and certainly the ministers … have to have a deep thought on what is going on there and how we can improve our policy in respect with these countries,” he said.
“This is a big issue for Europe,” Borrell added.